C156 Southard Folder

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The C156 Southard Folder was introduced in late 2012 and is Spyderco's first flipper as well as their first knife offered in CTS-204P.

Appearance in catalogs

The C156 Southard Folder appeared in the following catalogs:


Brad Southard

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C156 Southard Folder:

"Brad Southard is an amazingly talented custom knifemaker who specializes in high-performance folder designs. His first collaboration with Spyderco features a “flipper”—a novel blade-opening device that was pioneered by custom knifemaker Kit Carson. A flipper consists of a small lever that extends from the base of the Southard’s CTS 204P hollow-ground blade and protrudes from the back of the knife’s handle when closed. Pulling on it with your index finger creates a tension against the detent mechanism that holds the blade closed. When the detent is overcome, the blade rotates on a special captive ball-bearing pivot system and snaps authoritatively into the open position.

The Southard’s handle combines a textured Earth-brown G-10 scale and thick titanium liner on one side with a solid titanium scale on the other. The titanium scale forms the foundation of the knife’s sturdy Reeve Integral Lock (R.I.L.) mechanism and features a small inlaid G-10 panel that acts as an overtravel stop when releasing the lock mechanism. It is also home to the knife’s matching stainless steel clip, which supports right-side tip-up carry.

Offering an amazing synthesis of ergonomics, functionality, and state-of-the-art materials, the Southard is one of the most advanced Spyderco folders ever produced."

The C156 Southard Folder in Spyderco's online catalog.


The C156 Southard Folder is made in Taiwan and has

  • Reeve Integral Lock
  • Captive ball-bearing pivot system
  • G-10 lock overtravel stop insert
  • Flipper opening system
SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C156GBN Brown G-10 and Ti PE CTS-204P Nov. 2012-end 2017 399.95$ (2012) N/A Hollow Chrome RH, TU Main
C156GPBBK Black G-10 and black-coated Ti PE CTS-204P May 2014-end 2017 439.95$ (2013) Black TiCN coated blade; black screws, liner and standoffs N/A Hollow Black Stainless Steel RH, TU Variant

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C156 Southard Folder:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C156GBN 202mm 114mm 88mm 88mm 11mm 4mm 116g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C156 Southard Folder:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C156GBN 7.96" 4.50" 3.46" 3.46" 0.43" 0.157" 4.1oz



Southard Folder G10 Side.jpg
Southard Folder Lock Side.jpg